Finally heard from my Senators office

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      David the Gnome
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      She had a local aide contact me yesterday.  Signed a release form so the aide could discuss my case with the social security administration (SSA).  They told her that due to my latest review, they had determined that I received aid in paying for food and shelter.

      Apparently, this determination was made because I do not live alone.  That is – if I dont pay the entirety of the rent, utilities, food, and so on, then I am considered to receive what they call “in kind” support.

      So they will be cutting my payments to 460 a month from 783.  Nothing i can do about it but appeal – which I did.  According to the aide though, considering my living situation, the appeal will ultimately be rejected.

      So, nothing more I can do now but wait for a hearing.

      What confuses me is that even the full amount for SSI is no where near enough to live alone.  So if they really expected people to be able to do that the amount would be higher.

      The system is a broken fucking mess.  Unfortunately I am powerless to do anything more about it.  Maybe if I can get myself back in shape some day I can go back to work – but thanks to chronic pain, that seems unlikely in the near future.

      It’s kind of funny, I was paying 450 a month between my share of rent, the car, utilities, etc.  Given that my income will now be around 460, that would leave me with ten bucks.

      This is why I will never vote for another vichy dem – or a Republican- not ever.  I hope they all get to experience as much pain as I have some day – and all the shame, frustration and misery that go along with it.

    • #279349
      Ohio Barbarian
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      I’m sure they’d find some practical use for them.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #279381
      Mr. Mickeys Mom
      • Total Posts: 6,210

      … wish them appreciation of it.

      Then, don’t wait further to work hard to do what you can for gainful employment.

      Hell, no... I'm not giving up...

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      David the Gnome
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      I would not have wished them pain, though they had no appreciation of it, mine or that of others.  Now… now I do.  I know that that isnt right, I know it isnt kind – and in time, perhaps I will remember why.  I’m just so angry and frustrated.

      I tried college, did great until I ran out of money, couldn’t find work.  Then the collection agencies hounded me for months.  I’ve worked many crappy jobs, even under the table stuff.  I tried faith, optimism, hope.

      What I have now… the way I live now is different.  Five years ago my back started giving out on me – it has only gotten worse.  In five years, with multiple tests, no one could tell me why.  The last week and a half I’ve had near crippling chest pain – gerd- but, again, no one can tell me why.

      I have dealt with doctors, therapists, case workers, even a lawyer, most of whom treated me with condescension and contempt.  I’ve been judged, called lazy, a parasite, a burden.

      I fought for two years to win disability, only to have to fight this last year to keep it.  Now, they are taking so much of that income out of me that it is just going to drop my living standard more.

      Gainful employment?  I doubt it.  I tried, I gave it all I had for years, but no matter how hard I worked it was never enough- and the pain and humiliation in working for nasty rich people just made things worse.

      Thirty five now… and I live like a man twice that age.  The pain doesnt stop, doesnt let up… and I’m just tired – and tired of having to fight so hard for things we should all consider basic human rights.

      I am tired of being judged and condemned by people who could never imagine walking a single step in my shoes.

      Sorry, maybe this sounds like a bitchy whine or an angry rant – but it is how I feel.  I wanted to be enlightened, wise, kind, i wanted to have hope and share it with others.  What I have right now isnt that.

      And…. I dont think I can help myself, I don’t know if anyone else can help me either.  I don’t expect or demand anything of anyone.  I just want to be treated like a human being.

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